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Road Name Confusion?…

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Road Names

It is easy to become a little confused with road names since the roads in Bali often have several alternate names.

Below are a list of main road names, with their alternate names:

Jalan Arjuna = Jalan Double Six, Jalan 66
Jalan Raya Seminyak = Jalan Raya Basangkasa
Jalan Dhyana Pura = Jalan Caplak Tanduk
Jalan Laksmana = Jalan Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya
Jalan Pantai Legian = Jalan Blue Ocean
Jalan Mertanadi = Jalan Penjara

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Ultimate Homewares Tour November 2016

ULTIMATE HOMEWARES TOUR

A ladies getaway focused on fun, food, shopping, pampering and cocktails!

During your stay enjoy a fully hosted tour inclusive of:

  • Fully escorted shopping in air-conditioned vehicle

  • Private Airport Transfers

  • 6 nights Luxury Beachfront Accommodation 

  • Welcome Pack

  • Welcome Cocktails

  • Breakfast daily

  • Daily Happy Hour

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi thoughout the resort

  • Complimentary use of Gym Facilities

  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle to Kuta and Seminyak

  • Fully escorted shopping to handpicked designer retail and wholesale outlets

  • Guided Central Bali wholesale shopping 

  • 4 hr Brunch at a 5 star resort inclusive of select premium red/white wines & cocktails

  • Delicious High Tea

  • Indulgent Spa Session

And still plenty of opportunities to grab some ‘me time’ or relax with some like-minded ladies.

Come along with your bestie, your mum or your daughter or be very welcomed as a solo guest.

Dates are from 1-7 November, 2016

Note: This tour will be kept small and exclusive. Numbers are strictly limited!

Email your expression of interest to exclusivelybali@gmail.com

Do you speak the lingo?…

Have you mastered the art of speaking Bahasa?
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Bahasa Indonesia is considered the official language of Bali.  It’s interesting to note however that Indonesia consists of more than 17,000 islands with over 300 native languages and over 740 spoken languages.
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English is so widely spoken in the tourist parts of Bali that in my opinion, the only words you really need to get you through your whole next holiday to Bali are:
  • Terima kasih – Thank-you (pronounced Treema kasi)
  • Tidak – No
  • (So, Tidak terima kasih is used often)
  • Sama sama is a response to Thank-you.  It means you are welcome.
  • Permisi – Excuse me
  • Jalan Jalan – Walking (This is handy to use if being hounded by Transport people on the streets)
A few other basic conversational skills are:
  • Apa kabar? – How are you?
  • Baik – Fine/good
  • Baik, terima kasih – Fine, thank you.
  • Maaf – Sorry
  • Tidak/Ya – No/Yes
  • Nama saya – My name is…
  • Selamat Pagi – Good Morning
  • Selamat Siang – Good Midday
  • Selamat Sore – Good Afternoon
  • Selamat Malam – Good Night
  • Sampai Jumpa Lagi – See you later

If you spend a little time with the locals, just about all will be more than happy to give you impromptu lessons during normal conversations to help you advance your language learning.

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An established Seminyak classic…

THE ROYAL BEACH SEMINYAK

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali is a member of MGallery Collection and as such is an Accor hotel.

I have had the pleasure of staying at this comfortable, beachfront hotel on several occasions.  For me it remains a favourite, well-established Seminyak “go-to” hotel that never disappoints.

Formerly the Sofitel, the grand foyer is welcoming and the service impressive.  If you are seeking an ultra modern or chic resort, then the Royal Beach Seminyak is NOT for you!

Situated in 4.5 hectares of tropical gardens the resort has that “old Bali” feel without being too dated.

128 hotel rooms vary from  Superior, Deluxe, Grand Deluxe to Suites – all having a private balcony/terrace.  A Coffee Machine and quality tea selection in the Grand Deluxe and Suites are a nice touch.  The Suites provide a separate living area, powder room, well appointed ensuite and a spacious bedroom and walk-in robe.

17 private villas with their own private pool or spa pool are also available.  These are walled in their own private enclave with a Butler service.

Some truly are “position A” with a  direct ocean facing outdoor area.

Two outdoor  pools include a stunning beachfront pool and a private garden pool.

The garden pool has a spa attached and has plenty of tropical foliage giving a sense of seclusion.  It’s my favourite of the two pools for time-out and relaxing!

Breakfast is served at the Husk Restaurant overlooking the beachfront pool and ocean.  The cappuccino’s here are fabulous!

The Capri Beachfront Bar & Restaurant is a fab place for a sunset cocktail.  Often a guitarist is situated on the lawn area between the beach and the hotel.  The  poolside cabanas can be a great spot to chill and relax. The Teppanyaki Restaurant serves Japanese cruisine and the hotel also  provides 24hr room service.

Other facilities include free hotel parking, a well equipped air-conditioned Fitness Centre, in-house luxury Spa, Living Room Lounge featuring internet corner, kids play area and library.

The position affords easy movement between Seminyak and Legian and is in close vicinity to beachfront bars, fine dining restaurants and luxury Seminyak shopping.

If you enjoy an early morning walk, The Royal Beach is an easy stroll along the beach to Kudeta  or to Legian, in the opposite direction, along a paved beach path.

As a loyal Accor Advantage Plus member, I often benefit from room upgrades, benefit from 50% off Accor Sales, enjoy 2 for 1 meals and 15% off drinks.

If you are after a spacious resort with a firm Balinese theme, well established gardens, committed and loyal staff, well kept, comfortable and spacious rooms, then this gem of a resort is for you!

Whilst attending an invitation only, in-house cocktail party on the beachfront lawns last week, I noted the Reservations Manager was in his second decade of employment at the Royal Beach Seminyak. Clearly, the hotel treats it’s staff just as well as it’s clientele!

I can’t wait to return…

Website:  http://www.theroyalbeachseminyakbali.com/

Accor Advantage Plus website: http://www.advantageplus-asia.com/indexau.php

Accor website: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/australia/index.shtml

Pics:  Royal Beach Seminyak Bali.

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Stylish Seminyak – the Rodeo Drive of Bali!

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Seminyak is every girls dream (and most men’s nightmare….lol). The strip of designer boutiques along Jalan Laksmana and Jalan Raya Seminyak are currently the fashion capital of Bali with beautiful, often unique items, at a fraction of the cost in Australia. You can easily spend hours shopping and most of the stores are close to each other.

From elegant to bohemian, free-flowing flimsy to figure hugging glamour, this shopping strip has it all!

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I usually find that there is no pressure from the sales assistants and yet they’re there to help if needed, the prices are attractive and the shops are air-conditioned.

Most boutiques are fixed price, but it doesn’t hurt to ask if they’re negotiable. Sometimes, I really do feel like I’ve come away with a “steal”.

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Amazing upmarket boutiques include:

Paul Ropp – 39 Jl Raya Seminyak: fun, bright, electric and unique

Uma & Leopold – 44B Jl Raya Seminyak: great colours, silhouettes and cool accessories

Magali Pascal – 177 Jl Laksmana: edgy, chic, young and glamorous

Lulu Yasmine – 100 Jl Laksmana: sophisticated, feminine, unique standout items

Lily Jean – 102 Jl Laksmana: for sexy statement pieces

Mist – 42 Jl Raya Seminyak : for flowy, pastal kaftans

Niconico Intimo – 12 Jl Raya Seminyak: for intimate ensembles and swimwear

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There are many more boutiques for you to see, but I have to leave a few surprises for you….

For bargains, head to Seminyak Square for el cheapo sunglasses, beads, bangles, big earrings, scarves and sandals. If you need a refreshing beverage or lunch, head into one of the little cafes there for some brief respite.

Hint 1: Early morning shopping means a special “morning price” and you will beat the heat.

Hint 2: For a little after-shop care, treat your feet to a quick “foot rejuvenation” at one of the many spa salons before heading back with your purchases.

Happy shopping! Xx

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TAXI…. !! Is it a Bluebird?

BLUEBIRD TAXIS

Taxis are plentiful in the coastal tourist strip of Bali and fares are cheap.
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Bluebird taxis are preferable as they have a good reputation and use their meter for your journey. Otherwise, you could end up spending way too much on a taxi fare.

There are many taxi’s in Bali these days and a lot of those are now trying to make themselves look like a Bluebird – even going to the trouble of trying a new tactic where they have a sticker on the front of their cars saying “Blue Taxi Group” to confuse people. They also have a back to front bird like the Bluebird Group so be careful.

If you catch a taxi who is intimidating a Bluebird taxi, you may find yourself in a taxi with either no meter or a meter which is ticking over extremely fast.

A Bluebird will have a number and a sticker on the front of the car saying “Bluebird Group”. They are light blue in colour and the cars are all in good condition.
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Since there are some pretty convincing intimidators of Bluebird taxis, have a look here on tips to ensure your taxi really IS a Bluebird:

http://www.bluebirdgroup.com/passenger-transportation/regular-taxi-blue-bird-pusaka/safety

Let’s talk Electricity….

ELECTRICITY:
220 volt 50hz is supplied in Bali. A 2 pin plug is required. These adaptors can be purchased inexpensively. Alternatively, borrow from your accommodation reception.

Hint: I always take a power board so i can charge more than one item at a time….so handy to charge phones, cameras, ipads etc.

Exclusively bali - power board cordial